Chiropractic care has had a 100-year association with mental health improvements. As early as the 1920s, in-patient facilities were established featuring chiropractic adjustments and lifestyle changes as ways to help people suffering from mental health issues. The Chiropractic Psychopathic Sanitarium was located in Davenport, Iowa (the home of the first chiropractic school, Palmer School of Chiropractic). The discharge cure rate from conditions like anxiety and fear was around 65%. Similar facilities that did not utilize chiropractic adjustments only had a 10-27% cure and rate when discharged.
The Clear View Sanitarium was established in 1926 and was owned by Palmer School of Chiropractic. Each day the patients were checked by chiropractors and adjusted when necessary. The rooms were described as bright and sunny. Meals were mostly vegetable-based from the on-site gardens. Patients were encouraged to walk outside and interact with clinic staff.
It’s amazing how natural strategies can be so effective and safe when dealing with anxiety and depression.
Spears Chiropractic Hospital in Denver, CO, was one of the last chiropractic hospitals to close. The closing of all of these facilities corresponded with insurance changes in the 1950s and ’60s that did not include reimbursement for chiropractic and natural lifestyle changes as ways to help heal from disease.
Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression
Over 40 million adults in the United States will face mental illness every year. While anxiety disorders are the most common, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Symptoms are unique to each patient, but common physical impacts of anxiety and depression include:
- Fatigue or inability to sleep
- Muscle tension and stiffness
- Migraines or headaches
- Aches and pains throughout the entire body
- Inability to relax
How Chiropractic Care Helps Mental Health
Chiropractic deals with maximizing the function of the nervous system. 90% of the central nervous system travels through and between the spinal bones. Spinal alignment and motion can greatly affect emotional and psychological health because the nervous system controls them both. The nervous system controls and coordinates every function that your body performs. When nerve stress is removed, people are more relaxed due to positive hormonal changes affecting things like depression and anxiety. When nerve stress is removed, blood flow is increased, which will also improve mental health.
Thousands of case studies and testimonials have shown chiropractic’s positive impact on mental health. If you or someone you love is suffering from anxiety, depression, or other mental health challenges, contact us or give us a call. We could be able to help! Now is a great time to visit us and take advantage of our new-patient special.